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StrandHogg 2.0 bug enables Android app hijacking, poses patching challenge

A critical elevation-of-privilege vulnerability found in Android devices could potentially be exploited, without root access or user permission, to hijack virtually all mobile apps in order to spy on individuals or steal their login credentials. Google has developed a security patch for Android versions 8, 8.1 and 9 — alerting its partners of the update…
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Google patches Bluetooth vulnerability impacting most Android devices

Google has issued a critical security update for Android that affects the Bluetooth functionality on about two-thirds of all Android devices now in use. The vulnerability, CVE-2020-0022, affects devices running Android Oreo (8.0 and 8.1) and Pie (9.0) and can allow remote code execution without any user interaction. The flaw was found and reported to…
Application Security, Mobile Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Two information-disclosing bugs found in Twitter Android

In the span of five days, reports of two Twitter Android app vulnerabilities have surfaced: one that could cause attackers to view nonpublic account information or control accounts, and another that reportedly allowed a researcher to look up details on 17 million accounts. In a Dec. 20 blog post, Twitter noted that it issued an…
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Exploited Android flaw ‘StrandHogg’ enables phishing overlays, malicious permissions

Attackers have been actively exploiting an Android vulnerability that allows malicious apps to display dangerous permission requests and phishing overlays under the guise of a legitimate app. Dubbed StrandHogg (an old Norse Viking term), the flaw resides in Android’s taskAffinity control setting, and can be successfully abused without having to first gain root access, according…
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Patched bug allows beaming of malicious apps to NFC-enabled Android devices

Google last month patched an Android bug that could allow attackers to transfer a malicious application to a nearby NFC-enabled device via the Android Beam feature, bypassing security mechanisms in the process. The vulnerability was discovered in early 2019 by the research team at Nightwatch Cybersecurity, which late last month published a company blog post…
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Kernel privilege escalation bug actively exploited in Android devices

Researchers have discovered a zero-day kernel privilege escalation bug that can result in the full compromise of certain Android devices and is apparently being exploited in the wild. Devices known to be affected by the high-level, use-after-free vulnerability include the Pixel 1, 1X:, 2 and 2 XL; the Huawei P20; the Xiaomi Redmi 5A; the…
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Flaws make it possible for Androids to be hacked by viewing images

Simply viewing an image from any source – the Internet, text and the like – could hack an Android smartphone thanks to a trio of vulnerabilities fixed by Google in its February security updates. “The most severe of these issues is a critical security vulnerability in Framework that could allow a remote attacker using a…
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Google patches Chrome for Android vulnerability, three years after it was reported

Google finally got around to patching a three-year-old vulnerability in its Chrome for Android browser, which reveals a phone model and build. Nightwatch Cybersecurity bug bounty researchers identified the vulnerability back in May 2015, according to a Sept. 30, 2015 blog post ,but Google’s Security staff didn’t address the threat until they realized how big the issue…
Mobile Security, Network Security, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Google updates Chrome for desktop, Android

Google yesterday issued a stable channel update for the desktop version of its Chrome browser for Windows, Mac and Linux, addressing a high-level vulnerability in the process. The bug, CVE-2018-17481, is a use after free flaw in PDFium that was originally repaired in an earlier Chrome release. However, yesterday’s update to version 71.0.3578.98 introduces additional…
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Android password managers not as secure as desktop counterparts

A recent study found Android OS password managers may not be as secure as their desktop counterparts. Part of the vulnerability is the result of the password manager identifying the website through its domain name, and it then suggesting, or in some cases automatically filling in, the proper credentials on behalf of the user leaving…
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